Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill joins Ukraine’s war effort as he meets Zelenskyy and calls Russia the “evil empire”.

LUKE Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has joined Ukraine’s war effort when he met with President Zelenskyy and dubbed Russia the “evil empire”.

The Hollywood legend agreed to lead Ukraine’s United24 program, which aims to raise funds to replenish the country’s drone inventory and train fighter pilots.

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has agreed to join Ukraine's war effort

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Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has agreed to join Ukraine’s war effortCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Hamill will lead Ukraine's United24 program, which aims to raise funds to replenish the country's drone inventory

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Hamill will lead Ukraine’s United24 program, which aims to raise funds to replenish the country’s drone inventoryPhoto credit: AFP

Hamill will become a program ambassador and will focus on promoting Army of Drone projects, according to a press release from the president’s office.

In presenting the title, the ‘Star Wars’ actor said: “In this long and unequal battle, Ukraine continually needs additional support. That’s why I’m honored that President Zelenskyy asked me to become Ambassador of the Army of Drones.

“I know for sure that Ukrainians need drones to protect their country, their freedom and the values ​​of the entire democratic world.

“Right now is the best time for everyone to come together and help Ukraine rise up in this war with the evil empire.”

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President Zelenskyy issued a statement of his own thanking the 71-year-old.

“The light will conquer the darkness. I believe in it, our people believe in it. Thank you for taking on this difficult mission of being the first Ambassador to help Ukraine raise funds for the Army of Drones to support our defenders. That’s really important!” he said.

Hamill isn’t the first big Hollywood name to back Ukraine.

Last week, Barbra Streisand announced that she would serve as an ambassador for the Friends of Ukraine campaign.

The legendary singer and actor called the “skill and courage” of Ukrainians “an inspiration for all who promote democracy and fight authoritarianism around the world”.

Friends of Ukraine has 24,000 subscribers who donate $24 a month towards medical equipment for Ukrainians.

Others who have rallied behind Ukraine include famous footballer Andriy Shevchenko, Hollywood actor Liev Schreiber and American pop band Imagine Dragons.

The announcement comes as at least 20 people, including children, were killed after Putin’s evil troops shelled a civilian convoy trying to flee heavy fighting.

Ukraine’s Security Service said the “cruel” attack took place in a “grey zone” between Russian- and Ukrainian-controlled territory in the east of the country.

Seven vehicles were hit in the shelling between occupied Svatove in the Luhansk region and Ukrainian-held Kupyansk, which Kyiv recaptured last month, the security agency said.

Shocking images of the bombardment showed burnt-out cars next to a railroad track and the charred remains of civilians trying to flee.

Two corpses sat in the driver’s seats of their cars, one still holding the steering wheel.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said police encountered the horrific scene near the village of Kurylivka on Thursday – but the attack is believed to have happened on September 25.

Vasyl Malyuk, Acting Head of Ukraine’s Security Service, said: “At least 20 people died, including 10 children.

“A brutal attack on civilians was carried out by a subversive and intelligence group of the occupiers – they fired small arms at six old cars and a Gazelle truck at close range,” he said.

Ukraine said it would “do everything possible to hold the occupiers accountable for this bloody crime”.

Hamill played Luke Skywalker in the early Star Wars films

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Hamill played Luke Skywalker in the early Star Wars filmsCredit: Alamy

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